Tarin Nix wins AAPC 40 Under 40

Tarin Nix is a seasoned political strategist and owner of Voter Research Inc., a New Mexico company that specializes in campaign management, communications, research, and field for Democratic campaigns and progressive issue advocacy initiatives. Voter Research has delivered some of the biggest and most critical wins in New Mexico over the last three cycles and is currently overseeing four Democratic statewide campaigns, seven targeted House races, and a handful of local campaigns. Most notable wins include: winning the only targeted House race in 2014 when Democrats lost the House for the first time in 60 years with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, securing passage of the Santa Fe County Living Wage, flipping the Los Alamos School Board & County Council from a lifetime of Republican control, unseating a 16 year incumbent to elect Anna Hansen to the Santa Fe County Commission, and delivering more wins for the New Mexico State Senate and House than any other firm in 2016.

Tarin has a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Social Work, with specializations in public policy and non-profit management, from The University of Texas. Prior to starting Voter Research, Tarin worked for the Democratic National Committee, the Wyoming Democratic Party, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, DCCC campaigns in Texas, Florida and Washington, Stanford Caskey, local races in New Jersey, issue advocacy in North Carolina, and a competitive U.S. Senate primary in Arkansas.

Tarin currently serves as the CD3 Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, National Committeewoman for the Young Democrats of New Mexico, and over sees the Party’s Build the Bench program which has successfully flipped one school board and three city councils. During the New Mexico legislative session, Tarin works as the Chief of Staff for the House Education Committee. Over the last five years, Tarin has been Communications Director for the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, Membership Chair for the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, Board Member of HELP-NM, and Board Member of Santa Fe Safe. Tarin remains committed to proactively engaging voters, ensuring a representative Democracy, and keeping New Mexico & the U.S. BLUE.

Tarin Nix

Voices Of Los Alamos: One Year Later

Voices Of Los Alamos: One Year Later
By Cristina Olds and Elena Giorgi

Voices Of Los Alamos
This February, Voices of Los Alamos is celebrating one year of successfully bringing people together in action by holding meetings, getting involved politically, and supporting local actions.

Some activities Voices participated in last year include Day Without a Woman with 200 participants in March, March for Science with 2,500 marchers in April, and a vigil for protesters killed in Charlottesville with 80 attendees in August.

Local issues we supported with letter writing, meeting with Councilors, and speaking at Council meetings include passing the immigration proclamation, defining the sheriff’s role, and organizing diversity week’s Rainbow Day. Several members followed and participated in many other federal and local issues as well.

At each monthly meeting, we bring in experts to speak, such as LA County deputy utilities manager on local power production; Sue Watts on civil conversations; Emerge NM on training women to run for democratic office; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on local gun control action; Stephanie Garcia Richard and her PR person Taryn Nix on working with the legislature; LWV on their non-partisan advocacy; the LA County director of community development on affordable housing; and DOE and County presenters on the chromium plume.

As we progress, we’re partnering with local groups such as the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party, and New Mexico Indivisible Congress, which comprises Indivisible groups like Wheeler Peak Progressives, Las Vegas’ RUIDO, and SF Indivisible.

We would love to hear your ideas for future speakers and actions you’d like to see. We’d also like to hear your thoughts about how to get more people involved and how to keep them active.

Voices of Los Alamos is a non-partisan, progressive advocacy group created as a way for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over the current political events (both at the state and at the federal levels). The group strives to build community, educate, discuss, and enact action plans, with a focus on the following issues: social justice, women’s rights, human rights, education, environment, health care, gun safety and election reform.

For more information, contact Cristina Olds at wmwlosalamos@gmail.com.

Submitted by Carol A. Clark on February 19, 2018 – 7:48am


Tarin Nix elected to a 2nd YDNM term as National Committee Woman

MESILLA ― At the Young Democrats of New Mexico Summer Convention in Mesilla last week, Las Cruces native Zack Quintero was re-elected as the Young Democrats of New Mexico Chair. Also elected today was Karina Martin, New Mexico State University (NMSU) student, as Vice Chair; Scott Goodman, Los Ranchos resident, as Treasurer; and Emerson Morrow, NMSU student as statewide President of the College Democrats.

After being elected Quintero said, “In my next term my focus will be to build from the ground up and ensure our young Democrats have a presence in every corner of the state.”

Tarin Nix of Los Alamos and JP Martinez of Las Vegas were elected to national committee positions. The National Committeeman and National Committeewoman represent the Young Democrats of New Mexico at the Democratic National Committee.

Young Democrats of New Mexico is the local chapter of the Young Democrats of America (YDA), a national organization that mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process to elect Democrats, influence the ideals of the Democratic Party, advocate for progressive issues, and train the next generation of progressive leaders.

Democrats battle Trump with optimism


When it comes to tone, the contrast between the conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland could not be more stark.

Democrats this week have been hammering home those differences: an ostentatious emphasis on love, hope, change, optimism, and togetherness.

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“This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me – to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what’s best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation,” said President Obama on Wednesday night. “We don’t fear the future; we shape it, embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own.”

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Even the criticisms of Republican nominee Donald Trump – while plentiful, and increasingly piercing as the week has gone on – have been more muted than the “Lock her up!” rhetoric so plentiful at the Republican convention.

The question is which vision will resonate with American voters who, by some measures, are less optimistic and more distrustful of government than at any time in recent history.

Trump got a significant post-convention bounce, according to some polls. It may have been fleeting, but there seems to be no question that for certain groups of voters, his more dystopian picture of an America in decline – threatened by lawlessness, disorder, terrorism, racial tension, and economic collapse – is one that resonates with them.

While Trump supporters say he’s demonstrating the clear-sighted wisdom and courage needed to protect America, Democrats say he is stoking fear.

“Both parties are struggling to tell a story about who the country is and where it’s going that includes everybody,” says Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonpartisan research organization, and the author of “The End of White Christian America.”

“Donald Trump’s strategy has been to double-down on looking back to this mythical golden age, and Democrats are trying a different strategy of looking forward to pluralism and a younger demographic and what it looks like,” he adds. “The danger for Trump is that it’s going to be an appeal that doesn’t resonate outside of white Christian working-class Americans and he’ll lose a generation of supporters. The challenge for Democrats is that those white working-class voters still make up 40 percent of the country. You can’t have a message that excludes them either.”

Veering into an anti-Trump tone
Historically, American presidential candidates have run – and won – on optimism, and the Clinton campaign is banking on that being the case even in this year of anti-establishment sentiment.

“Our convention is going to be optimistic, it’s going to be hopeful, and it’s going to be talking about specific plans,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters Monday morning.

For the first half of the convention, that was largely the case, even down to the signs distributed for delegates to wave on the floor: “Stronger Together.” “Rise Together.” On Wednesday night, top Broadway performers coming out to sing “What the world needs now is love,” after which the audience chanted “Love Trumps Hate” for several minutes.

But the same evening, the convention veered much more sharply into an anti-Trump tone, away from the relentlessly upbeat first two days.

“Unlike that immigrant-bashing, carnival barker Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton understands the enduring symbol of the United States of America is not a barbed-wire fence. It is the Statue of Liberty,” said former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. “I say to hell with Trump’s American nightmare. We believe in the American dream.”

‘We don’t abandon our values’
Still, if Trump titled his book “Crippled America” and declared himself the “law-and-order candidate,” the only one who can fix a rigged system and “make America great again,” the dominant themes in Philadelphia have been ones of togetherness, diversity, and an emphasis on American values of inclusion rather than a need to close off borders.

Monday night, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s speech on love and gratitude induced comparisons by some commentators to President Obama’s 2004 convention speech that helped launch his meteoric rise.

“Americans, at our best, stand up to bullies and fight those who seek to demean and degrade others,” said Senator Booker, who delivered his remarks in the strains of a sermon. “In times of crisis we don’t abandon our values – we double-down on them. Even in the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln called to the best of the country by saying, ‘With malice toward none and charity toward all.’ ”

Michelle Obama, in the best received speech of the convention so far, reminded her audience of the core American principles of opportunity.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country is not great,” she said. “That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on Earth.”

Trump more attuned to zeitgeist?
Those messages have been well received by delegates here – and echo the optimistic messages candidates typically employ – but it’s also possible that Trump is more attuned to the current zeitgeist.

After all, the success of Sanders was also rooted, in many ways, in his ability to address voters’ concerns and frustrations. Trump has focused on lawlessness and terrorism – pointing the finger at undocumented immigrants and Muslims. Sanders tapped into fury at Wall Street and campaign corruption, and highlighted class divisions.

And both he and Trump tapped into Americans’ economic insecurities, anger at Washington and the establishment, and their sense that the system is rigged against them.

This year is becoming known as the anti-establishment, anti-incumbent year for a reason, says Tarin Nix, a political consultant from New Mexico who’s in Philadelphia as a Hillary delegate. She says that she hopes that phenomenon has seen its peak, but worries that some people, responding to the fears stoked by Republicans, and fed up with the status quo, may go into the voting booth in November and secretly vote for Trump.

“I think that for the last eight years they ran on hope, and people don’t feel like hope delivered. The argument is that hope didn’t deliver, but fear does,” Ms. Nix says. “The goal of this convention is to prove that hope and progress can still come out ahead of fear and hate.”

Polls show racial, partisan divides on optimism
Numerous polls have shown a divide on optimism that exists on racial as well as partisan lines – one reason, perhaps, that Clinton fared better with minorities and Sanders did well among white voters. A poll conducted by the Atlantic and the Aspen Institute last year found that less than half of white Americans believe the country’s “best days” lie ahead of it, compared with some 80 percent of African Americans.

And an NBC Wall Street Journal poll last year found that just 22 percent of likely Republican voters are optimistic about the direction of the country, compared with 89 percent of likely Democratic voters.

Meanwhile, when PRRI asked respondents in its annual American Values Survey whether they believed America has changed for the better or the worse since the 1950s, the country was divided down the middle, says Jones. White Christians, Republicans, and older white Americans believe it’s changed for the worse, while African-Americans, Latinos, younger Americans, and Democrats say it’s changed for the better.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that Trump’s ascendancy as a lead candidate has turned into a referendum on the death of that cultural and economic world of the 1950s, particularly for white, working-class Americans,” says Jones.

More distrust of government
Many analysts have drawn comparisons between this year and 1968, a year that also saw significant turmoil: student protests, riots, the Vietnam war, racial tensions, assassinations. And the Trump campaign said his convention speech was modeled on Nixon’s 1968 speech, which also promised law and order and painted a bleak vision of an America in crisis: “cities in smoke and flame,” “sirens in the night,” and “Americans dying on distant battlefields abroad.”

Last week, Trump told his audience that “our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”

But American voters are also a very different group than they were in the 1960s: not only more diverse, but also less likely to trust government and institutions. Whereas Nixon was banking on Americans’ faith in government and institutions to restore order, Trump is capitalizing on his outsider status.

‘I don’t want to go back to the 1950s’
In Philadelphia, Clinton supporters and delegates say they understand why Trump’s message – in which he and his surrogates talk about soaring crime rates and unemployment (sometimes using inaccurate statistics, according to fact-checking groups), and warn of more terrorist attacks and a crashing economy unless he closes off borders and restores order – may appeal to Americans feeling left behind or left vulnerable by liberal policies they see as naïve or ill-founded.

But they hope that Clinton’s message resonates with more people, and appeals to Americans’ best instincts.

“No one is arguing that the way things are today is perfect,” says Diane Stollenwerk, a Clinton supporter from Baltimore, walking outside Philadelphia’s City Hall with her wife.

“I think the crossroads is whether you fix it by dividing people further or you fix it by bringing people together,” she adds. “The message this week is about bringing people together, and for those of us who are motivated by love and a positive optimism, it’s far more uplifting to think that’s how we’re going to fix the challenges as opposed to thinking about dividing, because that’s never an effective strategy.”

Bear Atwood, a Clinton delegate and lawyer from Mississippi, agrees.

“I think there are solutions, moving forward solutions, and I don’t want to go back to the 1950s, thank you very much,” says Ms. Atwood, taking a short break from the convention floor to have some pizza. “Where’s the perfect moment? I think it’s ahead of us.”

Story Hinckley contributed reporting from Philadelphia.
[Updated at 7:17 a.m. on July 28, 2016.]

Some Democrats leave convention aggrieved

PHILADELPHIA- Puja Datta, of Columbus, Ohio, saw someone wearing a Hillary Clinton T-shirt at the bar of the hotel where she was staying this week.

Noticing a fellow Democrat, she went up to say hello.

“She just looked at me, turned around, and walked away,” Datta said outside the Wells Fargo Arena, where Democrats were wrapping up their national convention Thursday night.

Datta’s friend and fellow Bernie Sanders supporter Adam Parsons recounted walking to the arena from the spot where the hotel shuttle stopped.

“There was a Clinton supporter behind me, saying anti-Sanders stuff in a really loud voice,” he said.

Loud enough, said Parsons, that it was obvious the comments were meant for him.

As Democratic delegates fanned back across the country Friday, many remained divided over policy differences between Clinton and Sanders.

But personal divisions lingered, as well, as some went home with festering resentments, much like those of someone who approaches a stranger at a party only to be rebuffed with an eye-roll and turned back.

As Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first woman in a major party to do so, there were signs, literally, of Democrats trying to present an image of unity.

Some on the arena floor waved signs with Sanders’ name alongside Clinton’s. And in her speech Thursday, Clinton made a point of reaching out to Sanders’ supporters, echoing a number of priorities espoused by the Vermont senator.

But signs of continued discord, following a bruising primary campaign, were clear, too.

Some Sanders’ supporters resented what they saw as Clinton appropriating their stances, said Kenny Madden, a Sanders delegate from Berea, Kentucky.

They chanted, “Walk the Talk” and “WikiLeaks” during her speech.

The first was a reference to fears that Clinton won’t follow through on issues important to them. The second referred to national Democratic Party emails that seemed to show officials working to defeat Sanders.

Each time, Clinton’s supporters chanted “Hillary” to drown out the Sanders camp.

At times, their chants drowned out Clinton, as well.

Beth Lucas, also a Sanders delegate from Berea, said she was put off by a Clinton delegate who walked past, noticing her and others wearing Sanders T-shirts – even after Sanders had urged his supporters to back Clinton.

The Clinton delegate said “something about how we won’t even follow our leader,” Lucas said, and called them “an interesting group.”

Sanders’ supporters had sought a floor tally of pledged delegates for Clinton and Sanders – separated from the votes of party super-delegates – to illustrate just how close the vote in the primaries had been.

That’s not the party’s procedure, they were told.

“They made us feel like we were trying to crash their club,” complained Derrick Nowlin, a Sanders delegate from Springfield, Missouri.

Amy Powell, also a Sanders delegate from Springfield, said they were made to feel “like we were a thorn in their side.”

Jim Thompson, a Clinton delegate from Rock City, South Carolina, smiled when told of Datta’s experience.

He said he could see it happening.

Thompson said he is one of many Clinton supporters who appreciate the passion of the Sanders camp.

He said some Clinton delegates see themselves as seasoned veterans and Sanders’ supporters as idealistic, earnest newcomers.

“It’s like seniors and freshmen,” he said. “Some seniors can have a way of talking down to freshmen, even if they don’t mean to come across that way.”

Sitting by a food stand inside the arena, Wilhelmina Moore, a Clinton delegate from Philadelphia, acknowledged ribbing people who wore Sanders buttons.

“I said, ‘Take those buttons off,’” she said. “But then I said, ‘It’s fine, keep them on. You paid for them.’

“’But you better be there on Election Day, because that’s what it means to be a true Democrat.’”

Incidents between Sanders and Clinton supports varied by delegation – and in intensity.

Steve Leibowitz, a Sanders delegate from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, said supporters of both went bowling Tuesday in an outing organized by Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“There wasn’t much talk about politics,” he said. The rivals instead talked about the Red Sox.

Tarin Nix, a Clinton delegate from New Mexico, said she’s been reaching out to Sanders’ supporters, asking them to stay involved in the party.

But resentments linger, particularly after his supporters booed Clinton, and even Sanders himself.

“You have to understand some of the Sanders’ supporters can get passionate when they come up to you,” said Nix.

Ribbing has gone on within the Sanders camp, too, said Jon Hinck, who was wearing a Clinton button next to a Sanders button.

A Sanders delegate from Portland, Maine, Hinck said he asked a friend and fellow Sanders delegate to take a picture of him standing in the Maine delegation’s seats.

When he looked at the photo, he saw his Sanders button.

But the Clinton button had been cut out of the picture.

By Kery Murakami / CNHI Washington Reporter Jul 29, 2016

From: http://www.cnhinews.com/article_c92ab852-55c8-11e6-91d6-6b3133e0a2e8.html

Tarin Nix Wins National Delegate Election!

Democratic Party of New Mexico Congratulates Delegates to the Democratic National Convention
Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is pleased to announce and congratulate the delegates who will be representing the state of New Mexico at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

At the DPNM Post-Primary State Convention this weekend, the Democratic Party of New Mexico completed its selection of 43 delegates that will attend and participate in the Democratic National Convention. Of the 43 delegates, 34 were elected at conventions throughout the state in June, and the remaining nine are designated as unpledged delegates, also known as “superdelegates”.

The delegates chosen to represent New Mexico at the national convention elected DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland to serve as the delegation chair in Philadelphia. The delegation chair assists staff with logistical details as well as announces the New Mexico delegation votes at the convention.

In addition to the delegates elected at DPNM district and state conventions, three other New Mexicans will serve on the convention’s standing committees: Platform, Rules, and Credentials Committees. The list of delegates chosen at district and state conventions and committee members is below:

Carla Arellanes, San Miguel County

Sara Attleson, Bernalillo County

Nicole Bagg, Doña Ana County (Standing Committee)

Seamus Berkeley, Taos County

Kathleen Burke, Bernalillo County

Ricardo Carlos Caballero, Bernalillo County

Eleanor Chavez, Bernalillo County

Priscilla Chavez Doña Ana County

Diane Denish, Bernalillo County

Gina Dennis, Bernalillo County

Steve Duffy, Lincoln County

John Dyrcz, Bernalillo County

Teva Gabis-Levine, Bernalillo County

André Gonzales, Doña Ana County

Michael Huerta, Doña Ana County

Kristine Jacobus, Bernalillo County

Brian Lee, McKinley County

Denise Lee, Santa Fe County (Standing Committee)

J.D. Mathews, Bernalillo County

Joseph McCaffrey, San Miguel County

John Meade, Santa Fe County

Tarin Nix, Los Alamos County

Davena Norris, Doña Ana County

Diana Orozco-Garrett, Santa Fe County

John Padilla, Bernalillo County

Rusty Pearce, Doña Ana County

Nicole Renee Peters, Taos County

Marcus Porter, Bernalillo County (Standing Committee)

Charles Powell, Bernalillo County

Timothy Raftery, Chaves County

Patricia Roybal Caballero, Bernalillo County

Trish Ruiz, Lea County

Twana Sparks, Grant County

Dylan Stafford, Bernalillo County

Donna Swanson, Otero County

Sally-Alice Thompson, Bernalillo County

Rita Triviz, Doña Ana County

Theresa Trujeque, Sandoval County

Stephen Verchinski, Bernalillo County

Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, Bernalillo County

The Platform Committee drafts and recommends the Platform of the Democratic Party. The Rules Committee issues a report recommending the Permanent Rules of the Convention, the convention agenda, the permanent officers of the convention, amendments to the charter of the party, and other resolutions for consideration. The Credentials Committee ensures delegates are accommodated on the floor of the convention.

June 27, 2016

From: http://www.p2016.org/chrnothp/nmdemdelegates.html